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Each tea has its own grading standard based on its quality and condition. Pu erh is the same. Due to the quality of raw material (mao cha / 毛茶) and the difference in process, Pu erh is sorted into ten grades. From the highest grade to the lowest, there is Gong Ting Pu erh (宫廷普洱 / the Imperial Grade), the Gift Tea Grade, the Special Grade, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th grade and 10th Grade.
Generally, the higher grades of Pu erh have more buds, while the lower grades contain larger and less tender leaves. Let’s check out the grading standard:
|Grade||Dry Leaves||Liquor||Taste & Aroma||Brewed Leaves|
|Imperial Grade||Tightly rolled, straight, fine golden buds||Red and dense with rich fragrance||Heavy and mellow, 10+ steeps||Thin and tender|
|Gift Tea Grade||Tightly rolled, straight, relatively fine golden buds||Red and dense with rich fragrance||Heavy and mellow, 10+ steeps||Thin and tender|
|Special Grade||Tightly rolled, straight, relatively fine golden buds||Red and dense with rich fragrance||Heavy and mellow, 8+ steeps||Relatively thin and tender|
|1st Grade||Tightly rolled, tender with some buds||Red and dense with rich fragrance||Mellow, 8+ steeps||Tender|
|3rd Grade||Tightly rolled, tender with some buds||Red with rich fragrance||Mellow, 6+ steeps||Tender|
|5th Grade||Tightly rolled, tender with few buds||Red with rich fragrance||Mellow, 6+ steeps||Uneven in size|
|7th Grade||Tightly rolled with few buds||Dark red with pure fragrance||Mild, <6 steeps||Uneven in size|
|8th Grade||Loosely rolled with few buds||Dark red with pure fragrance||Mild, <6 steeps||Rough, uneven in size|
|9th Grade||Loosely rolled with no buds||Dark red||Mild, <6 steeps||Rough, uneven in size|
|10th Grade||Loosely rolled with no buds||Dark red||Mild, <6 steeps||Thick and rough, uneven in size|
Gu Shu Wild Trees
Please note that the above grading doesn’t apply for wild pu erh teas (gu shu). The leaves of those teas are generally larger and they’re classified based on mountain of origin and the age of the tree.
Grade and Taste
Lower grades of pu erh doesn’t necessarily mean that the tea isn’t good. It’s just that the material used is less fine and more uneven. However, good processing is as important and can still compensate for less quality raw material. Preference for tea is very personal. Regardless of the grading, hope you’ll find your favourite Pu erh!
Do you want to try pu erh yourself? See the curated offerings of pu erh teas by Teasenz.com.
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Drinking green tea comes with lots of benefits, but did you know that you can re-use green tea bags for on your eyes? In this article you’ll discover the benefits and we’ll present some before and after videos to see if it really works!
Tea bags on eyes for conjunctivitis
When your eyes are inflammed (Conjunctivitis), also known as having ‘pink eyes’, it will result in a tired look. Pink eye can be due to a viral or bacterial infection or due to an allergy.
Though it can be due to different causes, the symptoms of conjunctivitis can be easily eased with green tea. Green tea has a calming effect due to the high antioxidant content.
Tea bags for dark circles
Dark circles on the eyes are caused by lack of sleep, dehydration, hangovers, unhealthy food or a lack of vitamin. It can also be caused by stress or simply genetics.
Green tea can help to reduce dark circles, though to completely get rich of dark circles, you also will need a life style change.
Antioxidants in green tea can perfectly treat dark circles and reduce puffiness. The caffeine content shrinks blood vessels and minimise fluid retention. The tannins stimulates blood circulation. At last, the alkaloids promote healthy skin growth while ECGC in tea reduces inflammation!
How To Do It Yourself!
- Steep 2 green tea bags in hot water for 2 minutes.
- Then take the bags out and cool them in a refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Wash your face. Then dry it.
- Place the cooled tea bags directly on your eyes for 20 minutes.
- Rinse your face with cold water.
Does it Work?
As with many health tips, it’s hard to generalise whether certain tips work for everyone. Often times, what works for others doesn’t necessary work for you.
As with green tea bags, we think it can be really effective, if the underlying cause of pink eye and dark circles is due to inflammation.
Video Instructions from Vloggers
Below some videos from other vloggers on YouTube, we’ve tried out green tea bags on eyes. Learn about there experience.
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Cultural Exchange Along Ancient Tea Horse Route – Part 2
Tea and tea culture were first exported from China to the West. For centuries, caravans carried tea from one destination to anther, from one country to another, even to the other side of the earth. It became a never-ending link connecting different ethnic groups and continents.
The Traces of the Southern Silk Road – Part 3
Searching for traces of the caravans of the ancient road is like salvaging a sunken boat in the ocean. This missing tribe has been hiding in the mountains, valleys and forests of the vast southwest. Only from the scattered folktales can we faintly see their figures.
The Stories of the Ancient Tea Trail – Part 4
For the caravans of the past, the ancient road was largely a test of life and will. Many of the spectacles were life or death moments. And there were so many such moments in their lives. There were endless roads and nonstop hurdles.
The Ancient Tea Horse Caravan Path – Part 5
The ancient road is motionless in the paintings, but the road that carries time, culture, caravans, and business travellers. The hooves are the needles, allowing the road to sing its songs on the horseback.
The Ancient Tea Horse Trail: Yanjing – Part 6
Yanjing Village is properly described as a throat. It’s not only the gate to Tibet, but also a spiritual home for many ethnic groups and cultures. In the 19th century, the foreign missionaries entered Tibet from India via the ancient road, and then made their way to Yanjing, bringing the Western religion to the local Tibetans and Naxi people.
The Ancient Tea Caravan Road: Road To Fortune – Part 7
The most important function of the ancient road is trade and circulation. As small as households, and as large as trans-provincial and transnational business families, their success depended primarily on this road. For many people, the ancient road is the road of fortune and prosperity.
The Ancient Tea Road: The Midsection – Part 8
The midsection of the ancient road is the converging point of Yunnan-Tibet and Sichuan-Tibet Ancient Tea-Horse roads. The majority of the residents here are Tibetans, and most of the famous horse drivers are from this area. A song about the town names of the ancient roads is still very popular today.
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